Childcare post-COVID
Blue Mountains Gazette - Jennie Curtin - July 3, 2020

Free child care for many parents ends on July 13, after four months' of federal government support. Instead, the child care subsidy will be restored. It's been a struggle for Leura Child Care Centre owner, Lisa Rickard, particularly in the very early days of the pandemic. "A lot of centres were emptying out...

Panel approves $4m development in Clarkson
Perth Now - Lucy Jarvis, Wanneroo Times - July 3, 2020

Corner shops and a childcare facility have received development approval for a neighbourhood centre site in Clarkson. The Metro Outer Development Assessment Panel approved revised plans for a $4 million commercial development. The childcare centre will include outdoor play areas and ...

Calls to extend free community preschool
Coast Community News - July 3, 2020

The State Opposition is calling on the NSW Government to extend free community preschool across the Central Coast until at least the end of the year to give more parents the flexibility to return to work during the recession. But Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch...

New 90 place childcare centre planned for Gosford CBD
Coast Community News - July 3, 2020

A vacant car sales showroom on the corner of Mann and Etna Streets in Gosford will be transformed into a 90 place childcare centre if a development application now on public exhibition gets the green light. A Statement of Environmental Effects lodged with the application says the proposal...

‘Circuit breakers’ at the heart of legislative changes impacting ECEC in SA
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 3, 2020

A range of changes, many of which impact the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector in South Australia, came into effect at the start of July when the new Education and Children’s Services Act 2019 commenced. One core change is a “circuit breaking” power which allows for...

Settling children back into your learning service after lockdown
The Sector - Sonya McIntyre - July 3, 2020

Having a strategy and procedures in place for transitioning children (and their families) back into your learning environment is of utmost importance right now. In New Zealand, schools and early learning services have opened their doors and welcomed back a large number ...

Aus Survey results reveal occupations that are finding it most difficult to recruit staff despite jump in unemployment
NEWS.com.au - Charis Chang, news.com.au - July 2, 2020

The National Skills Commission’s Jobs in Demand Employer Survey found 27 per cent of employers were having, or expected to have, difficulty in finding workers. It found these occupations were finding it the most difficult to recruit workers: 1. Child carers... But the figures may not...

Where Accenture sees dads post-pandemic
Financial Review - Hannah Wootton - July 2, 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown could lead to a re-evaluation of traditional parenting roles as men spend more time at home and caring for their children, Accenture managing director Bob Easton believes. The consulting firm introduced an industry-leading paid parental leave scheme in 2018...

Supermum to the rescue - Baulkham Hills Family Day Care gives working mums peace of mind
Catholic Outlook: News from the Diocese of Parramatta - July 2, 2020

Two mothers are better than one, especially if the extra is a “supermum”. That’s the experience of mother-of-three Kylee Peachey, who found a “second mum” for her children through family day care. The busy professional now raves about the benefits of having children cared for and taught...

Stamp duty to go, cost of food and school fees to rise as part of bold NSW tax blueprint
ABC News - Ashleigh Raper - July 1, 2020

The cost of fresh food, healthcare, education and childcare could increase under a bold plan to overhaul the tax system. The New South Wales Review of Financial Relations has released its draft on Wednesday with 15 recommendations, after it was ordered by NSW Treasurer...

Former childcare worker charged with defrauding centre – Roselands
Mirage News - July 1, 2020

A woman has been charged with defrauding a community-operated childcare centre at Roselands of more than $70,000. In February 2020, the finance team of the not-for-profit organisation allegedly identified discrepancies in their banking accounts. A financial audit was conducted...

Be You: Supporting early learning educators throughout COVID-19
The Sector - July 1, 2020

Be You is a national mental health initiative established in 2018. Its focus is to provide ongoing support for educators in early learning services and schools as they respond to the needs of children, young people, and families within their learning communities. Support for early...

Think incubator acquires 6 new Nido services, secures funding for future pipeline
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 1, 2020

Think Childcare Development (TND), the development and incubator arm of Think Childcare Group (TNK), has confirmed that it will be acquiring six new purpose built Nido services and that an independent debt facility has been established to fund future growth. The six services ...

Tax deadline extended for Child Care Subsidy families
Mirage News - June 30, 2020

Families receiving the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will now have until 31 March 2021 to submit their 2018-19 tax return for CCS purposes. Families will still be required to submit tax documents in accordance with the usual timeframes. Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the new...

New year, new rules: All the financial changes coming in from July 1
9 News - Stuart Marsh - June 30, 2020

While the government's free childcare program will continue tomorrow, its final days are near: the package is funded to July 12. That means from July 13 childcare subsidies will return. A week later on July 20, JobKeeper payments for childcare workers will end...